The Binghamton Black Bears have been a pleasant surprise (not to me) too many naysayers in our area. Some thought that if we didn't have an AHL team at the Visions Veterans Memorial Arena, then we shouldn't have any team at all

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They were wrong and if you've been to any of their games, you'll know why. The vibe in the building has been the best since the Calder Cup year back in 2011. The team brings energy to the ice every night and they are never out of the game.

You could see a game-winning goal with less than a second in the game or a goalie fight. Binghamton has made the playoffs for the first time in the last six years and I can't wait for playoff hockey in April.

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St. Patrick's Day may be on Thursday but they will celebrate on Saturday, March 19th, so this will give you two chances to wear your favorite green outfit. I have my St. Patrick's tuxedo T-shirt ready to go, how about you?

You are encouraged to come to the game early because the first 1,000 wearing their green will get a FREE Black Bears scratch-off ticket and you could win merchandise, gift cards, tickets, and more.

The Black Bears will be wearing St. Patrick's Day themed jerseys with a jersey auction after the game. My daughter Tara has been wanting a Josh Newberg jersey, so I'm hoping that I get lucky and I'm able to get her one as an early graduation present.

There are only 7 home games left so I hope to see you at the game as I'll be doing Chuck-a-Puck between the 2nd and 3rd periods. LET'S GO BLACK BEARS!

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